RECAP: WEEKEND SPANISH ACTION
Carlos Bocanegra and Santander came away from their trip to Murcia empty-handed, while Oguchi Onyewu watched Malaga's first loss of the season from the bench.
Real Murcia 1 - 0 Racing Santander
Carlos Bocanegra went the full 90 minutes in Racing Santander's shutout loss at Murcia on Saturday.
Santander came into the game in the midst of a six-game unbeaten run in league and cup play, however their lingering weakness on the attacking end was their own worst foe throughout the game as a single Murcia goal was enough to hand them the loss.
In the 59th minute Murcia midfielder Mehdi Nafti spotted defender Francisco Molinero on the right wing and lobbed a pass to him at the right side of the box. Molinero scored with an impressive volley from about 12 yards out that beat Santander goalkeeper Dani Sotres on his near post.
Nafti later received his second yellow card in the 80th minute, but Santander could not equalize. The match ended ten against ten when Santander's Oscar Perez was given a red card in the 94th minute.
The loss puts Santander in 14th place in the Segunda División. They return to action Saturday at Xerez, although Bocanegra is expected to be away on international duty for the match.
Oguchi Onyewu was an unused Malaga sub for third straight La Liga match a 2-1 loss at Atlético Madrid. He is still waiting to make his first appearance for the club, which received its first loss in the league this season.